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Historic Savings: Insulating an Old House for Energy-Efficiency

Energy-efficiency upgrades cut a century-old farmhouse’s heating bill in half.

Adrienne Bashista’s historic 1915 farmhouse needed many energy-efficiency upgrades to make it through the cold North Carolina winter. To make the home more efficient, Bashista and her husband got a home energy audit, added insulation to the attic and under the floor, and caulked all cracks they could find in their old farmhouse.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
Adrienne Bashista and one of her 25 chickens.
Photo By Michael Shopenn
To improve efficiency in her old farmhouse, writer Adrienne Bashista caulked the gaps between each individual board in her 1915 kitchen’s beadboard walls and ceiling.
Photo By Michael Shopenn

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